Why a glitchy video of Arizona’s election certification is the visual that matters most

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By Bill Goodykoontz || Arizona Republic

Arizona’s 2022 midterm election dominated screens for months, locally and nationally.

You couldn’t turn on a football game without sitting through a raft of political commercials, each seemingly more belligerent and misleading than the last. TV, social media, podcasts, newspaper websites, parody websites, late-night monologues — Arizona seemed to be everywhere, all the time, with much of the coverage centered on the head-spinning fact that Republicans were running a slate of election deniers for the state’s top offices.

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It was a lot.

Which is why it’s kind of ironic that a short, glitchy little YouTube video on Monday was more important than any of the rest of it.

That video was a live stream of the canvassing of Arizona’s election, when officials put the state’s seal of approval on the results. It’s a routine step in the election process but, like everything else, has taken on greater importance in the face of baseless claims of fraud and cheating.

Now the election is official.

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